I kid you not

[donotprint] So this week it’s been all about the zucchini and I almost, almost went down a similar route this morning. That was until I had a dream. I quite literally dreamed about this parfait and when I awoke I just couldn’t shake the idea, so much so that at 7am I ran down to the supermarket to pick myself up a couple of punnets of raspberries (again we’re not talking figuratively here, I ran to the shops to pick up raspberries, that’s how much I wanted this parfait to come to fruition).

So do you remember my vegan spinach spelt pancakes

Well this is effectively the parfait version! If spinach works blended up a smoothie that includes plenty of soy yoghurt why not strip away the other ingredients and give it a whizz? Well that’s just what I did! I blended 2 generous handfuls of spinach with 3/4 cup of soy yoghurt, sweetened it with some agave syrup and re-thickened the mix with a pinch of xanthan gum. The first little taste on the end of my teaspoon was followed by a full heaped one as I thought I might be missing something…it tasted really good!

There was one slight problem…I hadn’t made my overnight oats due to my lack of pre-morning planning. Luckily enough I had somehow managed to think of this in my haste before my little trip to the shops. By the time I’d returned, worked out, showered and dressed they were almost as good as having been left overnight to soak.

Chocolate and raspberry overnight oats, layered up with plenty of fresh raspberries (I actually ended up buying three punnets and eating 2 and half of them…there may have been a little nibbling during preparation).

I included all the key elements that made the spinach pancakes so spectacular…the chocolate overnight oats were layered up with what I am going to coin “green monster yoghurt”, desiccated coconut and chocolate chips! For want of a better word, and I really did try and think of one, WOWSERS! It was beyond incredible…though in hindsight I should have known it would be. My favourite nuts, my favourite overnight oats and one of my many preferred berries (they rank joint second with blueberries after the prized cherry!)….not of course forgetting the chocolate, oats, groats and possibly the most important element which makes this parfait stand out from all the rest…

The one that gives it its wacky luminous green colour…

SPINACH! and plenty of it.

A tower of goodness. The cocoa powder in the oats and chocolate chips were balanced out perfectly healthily by it’s sister in the superfood stakes. If chocolate is a super food surely it’s more than acceptable to include a little at breakfast… and chocolate chips go a hell of a long way. I am however running low due to some snack time nibbling so picking up another tub full is on my list of things to do today.

It’s also a very special person’s birthday on Monday and I have some last minute present shopping to do Smile Anyone any exciting/interesting plans this Saturday? [/donotprint]

Chocolate Raspberry Green Monster Overnight Oat Parfait

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Servings – 1

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Ingredients

Oats

  • 30g (1/4 cup) rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp buckwheat groats
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) boiling water
  • 2 tbsp fresh raspberries
  • 1 tsp agave syrup

Green Monster Yoghurt

  • 125g (1/2 cup) plain soy yoghurt
  • 2 generous handfuls of fresh Spinach (as much as you can handle and until you’re yoghurt is a nice green!)
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup
  • Pinch of xanthan gum

Extras

  • 1 tbsp roughly chopped pistachios
  • 1/2 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbsp vegan friendly dark chocolate chips (most good quality chocolate chips are vegan friendly – I use 75%)
  • 150g (1 cup) fresh raspberries

Directions

  1. Mix together all overnight oat ingredients and place in a seal tight container in the fridge overnight or for at least three hours.
  2. To make the green monster yoghurt, blend spinach, yoghurt and agave syrup until smooth. Add a little extra spinach if it isn’t quite green enough! In order to thicken the yoghurt back up add a pinch of xanthan gum and blend the mixture for another minute.
  3. To assemble give your oats and good mix up and place 1/3 of them in a tall glass. Follow with 1/3 of green monster yoghurt, 1/3 of pistachios, 1/3 of coconut, 1/3 of chocolate chips and 1/3 of raspberries. Repeat twice more, making sure to finish with fresh raspberries, pistachios, coconut and remaining chocolate chips.

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